Kanako Murata fought valiantly even after her left arm was severely compromised at UFC on ESPN 25, but ultimately the Japanese judoka was unable to continue in her bout against Virna Jandiroba after two rounds.
Murata recently shared an X-ray of her dislocated left elbow, which was injured after being trapped in a Jandiroba armbar in the opening frame. Murata continued to fight for the entirety of the second stanza with her left arm held low, which allowed her opponent to connect with multiple right hands and high kicks.
“Thank you for your generous support [UFC],” Murata wrote on Instagram. “I will be stronger and come back.”
The former Invicta FC title holder entered Saturday night on an eight-bout winning streak, which included a unanimous decision triumph over Randa Markos in her Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 182 this past November.